Race report 17: Tight racing and a close match

30 July 2013

Race report 17: Tight racing and a close match
The west of course strategy has benefitted several vessels with Helena (Finland) taking the closest course to Gotland and coming out ahead on the water with around 150 miles to go to the finish line. There is tight racing out in front in Class A with Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway) just keeping ahead of Christian Radich (Norway) and Fryderick Chopin (Poland). This is likely to be a close match all the way.
Many of the Class C yachts are grouped together at the front making exciting racing in this fleet too and in Class D, Lietuva (Lithuania) is on Tomidi’s (Belgium) stern chasing her hard.
The wind is forecast to back to the SW for a short time which might benefit those vessels to the left of the course, but the weather conditions at the moment make it hard to predict leaving the navigators with another challenging  night ahead.
The current placings are:

Class A
1st   Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
2nd  Tre Kronor af Stockholm (Sweden)
3rd Christian Radich (Norway) 

Class B
1st Johanna Lucretia (UK)
2nd Vega (Sweden)
3rd Wyvern av Aalesund (Norway)

Class C
1st Sharki (Poland)
2nd Rzeszowiak (Poland)
3rd St Iv (Estonia

Class D
1st Akela (Russia)
2nd Osprey (UK)
3rd Gigi (UK)

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